Category Archives: Real Estate

Just a Stone’s Throw

There is a listing we have that is one of those “under the radar” homes that offers many extras you wouldn't normally find in the range of listing price that it's in. It's a two bedroom but with not so much effort and money, it could be a 4+ bedroom due to the layout. The basement is finished with a ¾ bath and laundry as well as another finish … continue reading

Demand and Supply

Whenever someone talks about supply and demand, I always think of it in the opposite. We can use numerous examples like the rage of the smart phones, the tablets, fashions, autos and on and on. The reason so many billions of dollars are spent on visual advertising is that it creates a “false” need. So, when we have been convinced that we want s … continue reading

Compact Unity

This photo is of a home that I just listed last evening. Every once in a while I can envision myself becoming a true minimalist. Last night after seeing this home I can say this one would be a candidate for someone wanting to live with less yet still not be without the basic modern conveniences.It offers a large eat-in kitchen, a comfortable livi … continue reading

Two Moonlight Specials

Holtz Realty currently has listed two very aggressively value priced homes that I believe are the best buys in their price ranges.The first one is located at 945 N. Delaware Ave. here in Mason City. It is a quality built home offering gorgeous oak woodwork, grand foyer with open staircase, updated kitchen and bath, the basement has a rec room and … continue reading

A Renter’s Revenge

A prospective buyer arrived at my office today whom I have not seen for some time. He said he is back in the market to purchase after finding that renting really wasn't his cup of tea. I was not surprised to find him quite vocal about the the quality and condition of most rentals available on the market and the amount of rent that the landlords wer … continue reading

New Relationship

One of the most rewarding aspects of selling real estate these past years is when at times I encounter very interesting young first time buyers. I had an appointment to show 217 - 6th St. SW which is that grand older home with all the built-ins and gorgeous quarter sawn oak woodwork. They arrived late and apologized profusely. It was a good showing … continue reading

Nature’s Diamond in the Rough

This afternoon I showed the in-town acreage located at 1309 - 12th St. NE that I recently listed. The more I am out there walking the 4.45 acres, the more and more I can see past the yard clutter of overgrown grass, shrubs and trees. The smaller four bedroom home has a good foundation and main structure but it needs a real “extreme makeover”. M … continue reading

Space Seekers

There has been a growing trend of young to middle aged buyers that seem to have a greater than normal desire to live in an area of Mason City that has larger yards that afford more privacy. Last year a middle aged couple who re-located to Arizona told me that their highest priority was to purchase a home that had at least a half acre of land but a … continue reading

Nurturing Neighborhoods

Since the financial meltdown of 2007 and into 2008 I have noticed something that is quite disturbing.  Prior to 2007 there were distinct neighborhoods where homes held their respective values and one could be assured that unless there was some huge national employment crisis or natural catastrophe, the homes would continue to slowly but surely inc … continue reading

The best of Ambassador

This morning between rain showers, I listed the absolute most beautiful condominium in the Ambassador complex on S. Tennessee Place here in Mason City. After walking thru it this morning, I said to myself, “This is about as good as it gets.” Being a country boy at heart, I couldn't believe I could actually see myself living there. The current o … continue reading